Director's Message - Spring 2008

Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2008, 9:06 am

Spring is the season of renewal and change. Nowhere is this more evident than at Worthington Libraries, where we are busy preparing for the opening of a third location and continuing to renovate Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library. You can feel the excitement in the air!

On April 16, the community is invited to join us as we celebrate National Library Week with the opening of the Worthington Park Library. Located in the Worthington Park Shopping Center (1389 Worthington Centre Dr.), this storefront library is the newest branch in the Worthington Libraries system. At 5,280 square feet, it's smaller than our two freestanding buildings, but we've managed to pack a lot of library service into a compact space.

The Worthington Park Library, managed by Wendy Rawson, is designed to meet the specific needs of residents in the northeast part of our community. this area is home to the youngest and most ethnically and economically diverse population in the Worthington School District. The new library will feature a large children's collection, a Homework Help Center for students and a popular reading collection for adults. There will be 29 computers available for public use, and the library will host programs for children, teens and adults. in addition, patrons can reserve items from the Discovery Place system and have them delivered directly to the Worthington Park Library.

The Worthington Park Library represents years of work by the library staff and board of trustees, and we're thrilled to see it come to fruition. I hope you'll join us for the annual community breakfast at 7:30 am on Wednesday, April 16 as we proudly open the Worthington Park Library. For more information, visit www.worthingtonlibraries.org/worthingtonpark.

Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library, too, are undergoing transformation. We're rearranging and reorganizing both libraries in order to meet the service goals defined in the 2005-2008 Strategic Plan, which was developed with significant community input, and to handle the increase in library use. in 2007, library circulation was up more than 12% over 2006 figures, and circulation at both libraries has more than doubled in the last 10 years. the renovations include recently completed additions to the circulation departments in both libraries, which will enable staff to better cope with the growing demand.

Additional changes include a family restroom, now open, at Old Worthington Library and a pickup window for reserves at Northwest Library. group study rooms, separate teen areas and more defined entrances to the children's department are also included in the renovation project, slated to be complete by the end of summer. For more information and updates on the building renovations, please visit www.worthingtonlibraries.org/renovation.

While many people thrive on change and look forward to seeing the renovated libraries when they are complete, i know some people are apprehensive about how the changes will impact their use of the Library. During the renovations, staff has gone the extra mile to make sure patron requests are satisfied and that all visitors have a quality library experience. if you have any questions or comments about the renovations, please don't hesitate to contact me at meribah@worthingtonlibraries.org. Our ultimate goal is to make using the Library a positive and enjoyable experience for everyone.

— Meribah Mansfield

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